pay it forward, receive it back

Last week, I wrote about the term “monkey see, monkey do” as it relates to me doing (or being reminded to do) acts that I see others doing for me. With a similar serving others message in mind, have you considered every day committing to doing something nice for someone? It can be the smallest gesture or compliment. I ask this because I believe there can be a profound outcome that can result from this daily commitment. One example dates back to years ago when I was a counseling intern. I remember feeling down on a regular basis, so I decided to lift myself up by lifting someone else up. In other words, intentionally bringing sunshine into someone else’s day because I knew it would make them happy. So everyday I sat down and thought about who I’d like to compliment and say thank you to and would write them an email so it was in writing. (Note: I didn’t tell anyone what I was doing, not even Daniel). After about a week of doing this, I received this email message from the Dean of Students AS at my interning site: “Hello Reaksmey, You did a great job conducting the parent conference this meeting. [Our school] is lucky to have you as part of our team. Thanks again for all of your hard work and for meeting with many of the students I have referred to the counseling office.” (Note: He was not one of my email recipients). Doesn’t God work in mysterious ways?! The compliment and thought behind sending the email message was just what I needed at that time and still has a meaningful impact on me today. The point of sharing all this is to encourage you to step outside of your current self and situation and focus on serving others on a daily basis. While doing so, I believe it will fill you up in unimaginable ways.

Has this happened to you before? What daily commitments do you do to serve others? Or, will you make this commitment today and share it with us?

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About Reaksmey

hi :) i'm reaksmey (reeks-may) and I love to think, reflect, and grow. do you? my life includes a handsome husband and a lively infant. here's where i write about how i grow through life's ups and downs so that i can humbly encourage you daily.
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